We understand this is a concerning and bewildering time for many however we want to reassure you that we have put measures in place to enable us to continue to keep you safe.
COVID-19 is an unprecedented public health emergency and we are responding to developments in a fast paced and agile way.
Our top priorities are: maintaining the best service we can to you while protecting our officers and staff and supporting the nationwide response.
Through this page we will keep you updated with virus related policing information.
What we are doing
We are in constant contact with government and public health partners, both locally and nationally, to ensure we always have the best and most up-to-date information and guidance to keep you safe.
We have introduced additional operational measures including:
The formation of a Strategic Control Centre to ensure our response to calls is as professional and safe as possible and to provide advice and guidance to officers in relation to COVID-19
Extra screening questions on all calls for service to identify potential COVID-19 incidents and respond accordingly
Dedicated COVID-19 response teams to answer calls for service
Our focus is firmly on business continuity at this time.
What this means for you
This means that police are still here to respond to your calls for service when you need us.
If you phone us you should expect to be asked questions to determine if you or anyone at your address is suffering from COVID-19 or in self-isolation.
This is to help us ensure a safe and professional response for you and our officers.
If you have concerns or information about COVID-19 NI Executive Regulations not being adhered to, you can make a report here.
CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY POWERS
The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2020 were introduced by the Northern Ireland Executive on 28th March, 2020.
You can find details of the Regulations at: https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/publications/health-protection-coronavirus-restrictions-northern-ireland-regulations-2020
What does this mean for you?
This means that if a person commits an offence of failing to comply with any such direction or restriction imposed on them without reasonable excuse, officers will consider an appropriate disposal. That may initially be advice and guidance or a Community Resolution Notice (CRN).
However, if required Police will enforce this legislation and issue a penalty notice of £60. The issuance of a penalty notice in the first instance is not in itself a criminal offence – the Police do not want to criminalise people - we simply want to ensure that people follow the regulations. For those who continue to disregard the NI Executive directions, the fine can be doubled each time and summary prosecution can be sought for those who refuse to pay or comply. The £60 fine can fall to £30 if paid within 14 days. If a person has already received a fixed penalty notice, the amount will increase to £120 and double on each further repeat offence.
We are fully behind the new measures announced by the UK government and Northern Ireland Executive and continue to work in partnership with our colleagues in the NI Executive Office, the Department of Health and agencies across the public sector to jointly fight the spread of the virus. We will continue to police with the cooperation of our community providing the best possible service to the public, while also rightly protecting our officers and staff.
Each and every one of us has a personal responsibility to follow the NI Executive regulations and do everything we can to stop the spread of Covid-19.
STAY SAFE AT HOME
Unfortunately, during these unprecedented times of COVID19, there are criminals in our communities who are out to make money by taking advantage of others.
Our advice about cold callers is especially important now because so many more people are spending more time at home, leaving them more susceptible to scams.
We are making a direct appeal to friends and loved ones of older people, or those who are vulnerable in our communities to please, take a few minutes and have a conversation with them about what they can do to help protect themselves and their homes.
There are a number of initiatives which are really helpful:
If you need further crime prevention advice you can contact your local crime prevention officer by phoning 101.